N.S. couple renovating old school bus into mobile home
A couple in Berwick, N.S., is making an old school bus a little homier.
Tired of renting and not wanting to be tied down by a mortgage, Gable and Emily Goulet decided to buy a school bus for $3,500. With a few repairs, the bus now doubles as the couple's residence.
“Neither one of us had built a house before, so the idea of framing a house was a bit intimidating,” says Emily Goulet. “We like the idea that a school bus already had a frame. We just kind of have to take stuff out and built onto it.”
With the renovated building supplies included, the home will now have a price tag of $20,000 to $25,000.
“Gable is an electrician so that really helps,” says Emily. “He's wired up everything we're going to need. We're going to be attached to solar eventually.”
The bus has come along nicely, but there’s still a lot of work to be done for the couple to meet their goal of completing it by October.
They say the toughest part was ripping out the chairs and grinding down the rust on the floor. Spray foam insulation lines the walls, while laminate flooring and wood ceilings cover it up.
Soon, the bus will have all the amenities.
“We're going have a fridge, couch, a bed, you're going to have everything you'd have in a regular house,” says Gable Goulet.
And yes, even a shower and toilet.
“It's not as gross as people think it is,” says Emily.
On Monday, Emily and Gable are heading to Calgary for work, a trip that will cost about $1,200 in diesel fuel.
“It would be cheaper than both of us getting plane tickets and it’s a lot more fun driving across Canada and parking wherever we want,” Emily says.
The couple says the tight living quarters has brought them closer together.
“The tiny living is a great opportunity for people to get away from the debt cycle that people are facing, housing is so expensive right now,” says Gable.
“(It’s) made us more of a team, but I would recommend if you're in a bad spot, you can have some pretty good fights,” says Emily.
But the Goulet’s are more than excited to make the cozy, cross-country journey.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Matt Woodman.